13 August 2017

Hugs - Die cuts, embossing, and stenciling

People are intricate like puzzle pieces that fit together and are loved just as they are.

This card features die cuts and stamps from Impression Obsession, embossing, stenciling, and a shaker.


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Putting It Together

My inspiration for this card is the colours for the current Impression Obsession challenge, turquoise and orange, along with the sketch from the current Feeling Sketchy challenge.

When I saw this sketch, I was unable to get the literal interpretation of it out of my mind since I had gotten the puzzle piece background several weeks ago and hadn't used it yet. I also have a star embossing folder in my stash so.. literal it is.

I die cut a square of glittered paper with the puzzle background and used the embossing folder with the orange panel. I dry fit them with the shaker bubble.

To make it easier to handle the puzzle square, and not have the pieces fall out, I adhered a smaller square to the back.

To cover the uneven edges (the background is 4" x 5 1/4" but my square is 3 1/2'), I die cut a square frame in a plain cardstock of the same colour.

I die cut a circle in the middle of the puzzle panel and adhered cut out piece to the centre of a square smaller than the puzzle panel. I had it dry fit on the orange panel to decide on the shaker contents.

I carefully put the shaker chamber over the cut out so it will be visible from the card front.

I placed the puzzle panel over the shaker adhesive.

I die cut "hugs" from the glitter cardstock and two more from the plain. I had backed the cardstock with adhesive sheet to make it easy to adhere them later.

I stacked the "hugs" with the glitter on top. Stacked they give the word dimension.

I used a stencil and Clarity brush to add stars to the inside with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink. Brushing from the bottom to the top gives the stars a fade with them darker at the bottom.

I used the blender to add Spiced Marmalade to the edges.

I added the elements to the card base to complete the card.

I stamped the sentiment in High Dive to echo the colours on the front.


Impression Obsession: Orange and Turquoise
Feeling Sketchy: Sketch #174
Tuesday Throwdown: Interactive Card
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty: Anything Goes


  1. lovely shaker card and great colour combo. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck in the challenge, Theresa DT xx

  2. Great shaker card with the puzzle in the back - thanks for linking up at Tuesday Throwdown we hope you come back tomorrow for out next challenge best wishes for the draw - Gail DT Tuesday Throwdown

  3. Great card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Feeling Sketchy. Hope to see you again next time.

  4. You made such a beautiful shaker card. I like the way have you used our sketch :-))
    Thanks for playing with us at Feeling Sketchy. Hugs, Andreja


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